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Events DC | SVP & Managing Director, Sports & Entertainment | Washington, DC


Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation's capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment, youth, community and cultural activities. The organization itself evolved out of the merger of the Washington Convention Center Authority and the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission and serves as the preeminent voice in the establishment and amplification of the city’s positioning as a leading sports and entertainment destination. Through the activation of existing venues, redevelopment of new assets and the creation and attraction of world-class events, Events DC looks to solidify Washington DC as the Sports Capital of the U.S.

Throughout the year, Events DC is actively involved in the planning and support of some of the city’s most anticipated events, attracting millions of attendees to diverse locations around the city, as well as the region, which is representative of active, collaborative relationships with partners throughout the industry.  As varied and diverse as the city itself, these events bring significant economic impact to our nation’s capital while offering a wealth of can’t-miss dates on the social calendar for District residents and visitors alike.

In addition to serving as the voice for the city across the sports and entertainment landscape, Events DC also owns and/or operates some of the national capital’s most iconic venues, including the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, The Fields at RFK, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. The organization also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. Additionally, , Events DC owns and/or operates venues on the St. Elizabeths Campus including the R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center, the Gateway DC events pavilion, and the newly constructed Entertainment and Sports Arena, home of Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s WNBA Washington Mystics, NBA G League Capital City Go-Go and practice facility for the NBA Washington Wizards.

Any interested candidates should contact Turnkey Search directly. Contacting Events DC will only delay consideration of your qualifications.

Position Summary

The Senior Vice President & Managing Director reports to the President & CEO, manages the day-to-day operations of the Sports and Entertainment Division (SED), and is responsible for management and operations across all Events DC sports and entertainment venues, as well as overseeing sports and entertainment events organized, hosted and/or sponsored by Events DC at external venues in furtherance of the Events DC’s mission. The SED promotes the District of Columbia as a world class sports and entertainment destination by attracting, hosting, planning and supporting some of the city's most anticipated events while also organizing events in locations around the city including recreational, community and sports activities.

The SVP will provide executive leadership in directing, planning, and organizing activities related to the core mission of establishing Washington, DC as the country’s top destination for high-profile sports and entertainment events. The SVP will drive the development and execution of the organization’s strategic vision, and directly guide operational effectiveness, high level sales and marketing initiatives, and management of SED revenues and expenses. Furthermore, in partnership with the President & CEO of Events DC, the SVP will identify additional opportunities for the growth of Events DC and its owned/operated assets, including the continued redevelopment of the RFK Campus, identification for possible expansion opportunities for the St. Elizabeths Campus, the further advancement of amateur sports, community programming and more.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as the primary champion and promoter for the city in the sports and entertainment landscape, building relationships with entities and promoters to attract high-profile professional and amateur sporting events, music and entertainment festivals, endurance events, esports tournaments, etc.

  • Lead and support bids to host international competitions, domestic and league events (Professional League All-Star Events, NCAA Championships, McDonald’s All-American Games, etc.).

  • Research trends in the sports and live entertainment industry to stay at the forefront of innovation in regard to new programming, event production and content development.

  • Oversee management, improvement and maintenance of Events DC venues in the SED, on both the RFK/DC Armory Campus (including during redevelopment) and the St. Elizabeths Campus with the aim to continue to provide superior service to the community and existing clients, while also identifying opportunities for additional programming opportunities for the venues.

  • Drive revenue and P&L performance for the organization through the acquisition of events and leading corporate partnership initiatives for surrounding venues and Events DC programming.

  • Continue to build the Events DC brand and serve as a marketing partner to amplify the efforts of local sports and entertainment entities to further promote their programming and messaging.

  • Further the service-oriented culture of the SED, providing clients, stakeholders, partners, tenants and the community with exemplary experiences.

  • Coordinate the development of specific short-term and long-term plans and objectives, together with supporting budget requests and financial estimates.

  • Assist the President & CEO in the development and implementation of sound organizational structures and cost-effective management practices, policies, and procedures for the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the division.

  • Synthesize large amounts of information to transform them into insights to share with the Board of Directors and team, conducting ad hoc, relevant analysis and manage business planning, including operations, goals setting, monitoring and budgeting.

Qualifications, Skills and Education Requirements

  • Significant experience in Sports, Entertainment, Media and/or Hospitality within a transformative, complex, high-volume and service-oriented environment with a diverse population of employees and stakeholders.

  • 15+ years of executive-level experience.

  • Proven success in the acquisition, promotion, and production of large, high-profile events.

  • Established and demonstratable relationships with sports and entertainment entities, promoters, brands and agencies.

  • Excellent ability to manage competing priorities, work in a fast-paced environment and identify broader opportunities to improve processes and exceed the business plan deliverables.

  • Strong executive presence and influence to work effectively with multiple stakeholders across the company.

  • Solid customer service and interpersonal skills with the ability to build and foster internal and external relationships.

  • Strong organizational development and talent management skills with the ability to make difficult decisions in a rapidly changing environment and competitive marketplace; ability to work and manage divergent teams focused on multiple, complex projects simultaneously.

  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Excellent evaluation, research, problem-solving and analytical skills.